Week 13 NFL Pick – Bal -7, Den -1, NE -20, SF -14

It is that time of the years to ride those teams that are streaking toward the playoffs. Flacco (78.9 rating), Tebow (80.5 rating), and Brady (105.1 rating) light up struggling defenses while the Niners rebound versus a Rams team allowing 364.1 yards per game.


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    Denver 35, Minnesota 32

    Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – For the second consecutive week, a Matt Prater field goal delivered a victory. And thanks to Tim Tebow, the Broncos keep rolling out inexplicable victories. Prater kicked a 46-yard field goal to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, then booted a 23-yarder with time expiring to give Denver a 35-32 win against the Vikings. Last week, Prater kicked a field goal in overtime to give Denver a 16-13 victory over the Chargers in San Diego. But before that kick, Tebow led several drives to help deliver the victory, and the same was true Sunday. Tebow threw two third- quarter touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas, ran for a game-tying two-point conversion in the fourth, and helped put Denver in position for Prater’s game- tying field goal with 1:33 left in the game. A turnover led to Prater’s game- winner, and the result was another victory for the Broncos (7-5), who have won six of seven since Tebow took over as starting quarterback. Five of those victories have come by seven points or fewer.


    New England 31, Indianapolis 24

    Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) – He may be just 22 years young, but Rob Gronkowski is fast becoming the best tight end in the NFL, if he’s not already. Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score, as the New England Patriots beat the lowly Indianapolis Colts, 31-24, at Gillette Stadium. The 2010 second-rounder tied Vernon Davis (2009) and Antonio Gates (2004) for the league’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns at his position with 13. Gronkowski appeared to surpass the mark in the third quarter when he caught a pass from Tom Brady in the right flat and raced into the end zone from the Indianapolis two-yard line to put New England up 31-3. However, the play wound up being a rushing TD for Gronkowski after it was changed to a lateral. Brady had 293 yards on 29-of-38 passing for AFC-East leading New England (9-3), while Wes Welker had 11 receptions for 114 yards.


    Baltimore 24, Cleveland 10

    Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Ray Rice ran for a career-high 204 yards with a touchdown as the Baltimore Ravens took a 24-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The win allowed Baltimore (9-3) to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the top spot in the AFC North. With both teams having identical records, Baltimore sits in first place of the division because it holds the tiebreaker over the Steelers with two wins in the head-to-head meetings this year. Joe Flacco completed just 10-of-23 passes for 158 yards in the win. Colt McCoy threw for 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 17-of-35 passing for Cleveland (4-8). Peyton Hillis carried the ball 12 times for 45 yards while adding one catch for 52 yards in defeat.


    San Francisco 26, St. Louis 0

    San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Frank Gore became San Francisco’s all- time leading rusher, and the 49ers clinched their first NFC West title in nine years by shutting out the St. Louis Rams, 26-0. Gore needed just 22 yards to surpass NFL Hall-of-Famer Joe Perry’s all-time mark of 7,344 yards, and did so with a simple two-yard run off the right edge in the second quarter. Gore finished the game with 73 yards rushing on 21 carries for San Francisco (10-2), which last won the NFC West in 2002. Alex Smith completed 17-of-23 passes for 274 yards and two second-half touchdowns, while Michael Crabtree caught four balls for 96 yards and a score. Sam Bradford was a game-time scratch after being limited in practice during the past week after re- aggravating his sprained left ankle last Sunday against the Cardinals. A.J. Feeley got the start and completed 12-of-22 passes for 156 yards and an interception for the Rams (2-10), who were outgained in total yards, 389-157.

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